Please view a Buffalo Bayou Partnership video that is included in the Giving Library, an on-line fundraising library created by Houston’s Laura and John Arnold Foundation.
In 1984, Houston Mayor Kathy Whitmire appointed a task force to study Buffalo Bayou and to develop a realistic strategy for its development. The result of the task force’s two-year effort was the Buffalo Bayou Master Plan, published in 1986. In addition to outlining conceptual redevelopment designs for Buffalo Bayou, the task force proposed the establishment of a non-profit authority to implement its recommendations.
Created in 1986, Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP) is a coalition of civic, environmental, governmental and business representatives whose director nominees are confirmed by the Mayor of Houston and Harris County Judge. The 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization is transforming and revitalizing Buffalo Bayou, Houston's most significant natural resource.
For more than twenty-five years, BBP has been actively pursuing plans and programs for a 10-mile stretch of Buffalo Bayou from Shepherd Drive to the Port of Houston Turning Basin. Directed by the Buffalo Bayou and Beyond Master Plan, over the past 15 years alone the organization has raised and leveraged more than $125 million for Buffalo Bayou’s revitalization. Buffalo Bayou Partnership protects land for future parks and trails, coordinates other natural and built bayou enhancements and sponsors wide-ranging events to attract thousands to the banks of the bayou.
Buffalo Bayou Partnership’s recent successes include:
Whether substantial capital projects, hike and bike trails, land acquisition or flood control improvements, Buffalo Bayou Partnership has successfully put the bayou back in the “Bayou City.”